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The Massachusetts Election in Perspective

Date: 01/20/2010

Even though polls were pointing in this direction, I still feel stunned today by Republican Scott Brown's defeat of Democrat Martha Coakley in yesterday's special election here in Massachusetts.  Stunned because I had deep personal respect for Ted Kennedy .  Stunned because people bought the "I'll rise above politics" line Brown toted.  And stunned because  the symbolic tenor ...

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Brown wins!!!

Date: 01/20/2010

Whoa ! I didn't think he'd be able to pull it off! So far it's 52 to 47 in the one of the most liberal states of the union. Ted Kennedy's Senate seat is now in the hands of a Republican because of health care "reform." Don't you just love the irony? The Associated Press called the race for Brown as the Republican held a 53 percent to 46 percent edge over Coakley with more than 70 percent of p ...

Related Topics: Health Care Rationing, Irony, Massachusetts, Politics, Republicans, Scott Brown, Senate, Senator, Ted Kennedy

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Massachusetts Senate Race post-mortem: a progressive failure

Date: 01/20/2010

Congratulations to Senator-elect Brown - in the end, he was a better candidate and ran a better campaign against the hapless Martha Coakley, who thought she could coast on Kennedy-Obama coat-tails into office. A single statistic explains all - @marcambinder notes that "Coakley had 19 events after the primary through Sunday; Scott Brown had 66." And more than anything else, the election outcom ...

Related Topics: Democrats, Health Reform, News, Obama Administration, Politics, Republicans, Senator Ted Kennedy

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Musings on the Massachusetts senate election

Date: 01/20/2010

by Lynn Hayes I won't attempt to dissect the cause of the loss yesterday of Ted Kennedy's longtime Democratic senate seat to Republican challenger Scott Brown when Brilliant at Breakfast has done such a brilliant job.  The timing of the loss of the seat that Kennedy held for 47 years coincides with the challenging square from Saturn (challenge, conservative values, repres ...

Related Topics: Healthcare Reform, Martha Coakley, Massachusetts Election, Scott Brown

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We Tried to Warn Obama...But He Wouldn't Listen

Date: 01/20/2010

The defeat of the Democrats choice to succeed Ted Kennedy in the U.S. Senate is being treated as though there is a decided shift of mass opinion to the Right in the U.S.  But it is the Obama Administration, not the people who supported him in 2008, which moved to the Right--in the name of being  pragmatists or realists-- in the process emptying their own agenda in regard to health care, ...

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Is the Massachusetts Senate race a referendum on Obama's first year?

Date: 01/19/2010

Today, Massachusetts votes for a Senator to replace Ted Kennedy in a special election scheduled on the eve of President Obama's first anniversary in office. The expectation is, to put it bluntly, that Republican challenger Scott Brown will probably defeat incumbent Martha Coakley (who is running for Sen. Ted Kennedy's seat after his passing last winter). The immediate impact of a Coakley loss w ...

Related Topics: Conservatism, Democrats, News, Obama, Politics, Republicans

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